More artists say…
Here’s what some more of the artists who have played at the Cactus Cafe have to say.
TODD SNIDER’S THOUGHTS ON CLOSING THE CACTUS
a poem for my friend griff
has anyone considered knocking down the alamo and making a starbucks yet?
there might be some money in it you know
and also, willie hasnt had a big hit record in a while, maybe we should
cut off those ponytails and try something different
also “the lone star state” seems a little unambitous for these modern
just one “lone star”?....
i dont know....i think we could get more tourism money
if we called it “the many star” state.....
and maybe even spruced up the flag a little bit..
but thats just me.
It would be such a shame to lose the Cactus. It is a listening room, good for the artist and good for the audience. It is my hope that whoever is trying to shut it down will have a change of heart and preserve this room.
The Cactus roster, present and past, speaks to the quality and value of the club. Sort of. I mean, it’s true that we artistes play almost anyplace that will have us and meet our price. So we end up working plenty of squalid, subterranean cesspits, rooms with the acoustic quality of a black hole but none of its charm. Griff’s excellent stewardship of the Cactus, and his staff’s amiability and unshowy professionalism, have made the place what it is, the most un-black-hole-like and thoroughly welcoming of all the little music rooms in the US. Maybe that’s not reason enough to keep it alive — just because I, and the other bohemian types on this page, think so well of it. Other little clubs will keep hiring us, and we’ll get by with one of our favorites off the list. Some of us won’t be coming to Austin much anymore, though, if at all. Is that a good reason to take extraordinary measures to keep the Cactus open? A question for the locals.